Wood floor sanding all by yourself? You will need to make sure you get the right machines for the job, and learn how to use them. So get out your notepad and start, well, note taking!
A floor sander could set you back thousands of dollars if you were to buy one. Good thing that isn’t necessary! You can just go down to your local Bunnings and hire one from their Hire Shop. Easy right? Well, you should also ask the guys in the Hire Shop to show you how to use the sander as well. Make sure they show you which sanding belts to use and how to install them.
In addition to the floor sander, you will also need an edge sander. This can’t be hired from what I know, but one can be bought for around $50. You can read more about the cost of floor sanding here. The portable edge sander is used for working around the outer edges of the room. It can go right up to the skirting boards, but doesn’t always get into the deepest of corners and crevasses. When it comes to these areas you are better off getting the old polish off with a scraper. If you haven’t got things prepared yet, you may want to have a read of the article I wrote about the materials and tools you need to get ready.
Basically, the process of wood floor sanding is simple. After preparing the floor, you go over the floor with the belt sander, going back-and-forth much like mowing the lawn. Then go around the perimeter with the portable edge sander making sure you get right up to the skirting. Then you do the corners by hand. To get more detailed information on the three stages of floor sanding, read my article on how to sand a floor. After sanding, you also need to know how to polish floorboards.
Maybe you have wondered if there is a lot of dust kicked up in wood floor sanding. There is some dust of course, but most of it is sucked up by the machine and collected in the sander’s vacuum bag. After sanding the floor you need to vacuum the floor thoroughly to suck up all the sanding dust the sander’s vacuum missed. In fact, go ahead and read my floor sanding tips about protecting against dust.
So there it is – a general overview of the machines you need and how they are used! If you are thinking of getting professional floor sanding and polishing in Brisbane, give me a call or drop me an email. I would love to hear from you!